San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy has had so much on his shoulders in his younger profession, however in each step of the way in which, he’s met—and surpassed—each attainable expectation. His legend simply received even greater after main San Francisco to a 41-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks within the opening spherical of the 2023 NFL playoffs.
Compelled into the lineup six weeks in the past after accidents to each Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo, Purdy—who was the final decide within the final spherical of the 2022 NFL draft—has gone undefeated and posted a few of the greatest statistics of any quarterback over the previous two months. However his efficiency on Saturday afternoon in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks within the NFC Wild Card spherical might have been his most spectacular efficiency thus far.
He initially struggled by way of a wet first half, finishing simply 9-of-19 passes and narrowly avoiding a few interceptions. The 49ers simply discovered the top zone as soon as within the first half, and trailed 17-16 after two quarters.
However when the climate cleared up, so did Purdy’s efficiency.
“Mr. Irrelevant” went 9-of-11 within the second half for 185 yards and two touchdowns by way of the air to go together with one on the bottom. Mixed together with his first half, Purdy put up a field rating that locations him amongst quarterback royalty:
Brock Purdy’s 332 passing yards are the third most in a sport in @49ers postseason historical past.
Joe Montana 357
Joe Montana 347
Brock purdy 332
Jeff Garcia 331
Joe Montana 331
— Carlos M. Ramírez (@Tomapapa) January 15, 2023
Each single quarterback in NFL historical past who has had a greater adjusted yards per try sport within the playoffs on as many passes as Brock Purdy has had in the present day:
They every had one sport
— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) January 15, 2023
Nevertheless it wasn’t simply stat-padding for the rookie in his first profession postseason begin. Purdy usually prolonged performs together with his ft, creating alternatives the place there weren’t any. Take this early fourth quarter landing cross that gave the 49ers a 31-17 lead:
Purdy additionally successfully put the ball in his playmakers’ fingers all through the sport. Star receiver Deebo Samuel had six catches for 133 yards, together with a monster 74-yard landing that successfully put the sport away.
However Purdy’s most spectacular play of the day might have been a late incompletion. With the sport already effectively in hand, Purdy bootlegged to his left, then scrambled again to his proper. After shopping for as a lot time as bodily attainable, Purdy launched the ball off his again foot whereas he was getting hit and needled a ball proper into the arms of Brandon Aiyuk within the nook of the top zone.
However the third-year receiver dropped it.
Purdy nonetheless completed the sport with a 131.1 passer ranking, a whopping 11.1 yards per cross try, and he tied the rookie document with 4 landing (three passing, one dashing) in a playoff sport.
Most significantly, although, the 49ers are actually 6-0 with Purdy as their beginning quarterback.
When the reigns had been handed to Purdy, many questioned whether or not San Francisco may realistically make a deep run within the playoffs. They’ve a suffocating protection, they’ve received a dynamic runner in Christian McCaffrey, however with a quarterback who was practically missed by all 32 groups within the 2022 NFL Draft, it appeared their potential was restricted.
But Purdy continues to ball out. In every of his six begins, he’s thrown for at the very least two touchdowns and averaged at the very least eight yards per cross try. If there a ceiling that Purdy will ultimately hit, we haven’t seen it but, and that makes the San Francisco 49ers a harmful group all through the remainder of this event.